Israeli Gays to Speak at
SF Forum on Sunday
Over the past few weeks, San Francisco has been positively jumping with gay visitors from other countries coming here to talk about their lives, struggles as activists and political issues at the local level.
In February, several young gay Palestinians were in the Bay Area for a number of public events and I was not aware of their visit until after they left. A post at the Bay Guardian blog was how I learned they had been here. From the post:
Queer Palestinian activists are on tour in the Bay Area speaking about queer struggles in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands. ... [They are from] the organizations Aswat and Al Qaws ...
Most asked be be identified by their first names only, fearing discrimination for the sexual orientation and reprisals for speaking out. ...
The Bay Guardian unfortunately gave no explanation about from whom they fear discrimination, be it the Israeli government or the Palestinian Authority or other forces, and I think it's an important concern that should have been addressed.
This Sunday, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, located at 290 Dolores Street at the corner of 16th, a panel from the Israel Gay Youth Organization will share their personal stories and they are identified with their full names. Here's more info on the speakers:
18.5 years old is transgender, female to male. ...
20 years old; born in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, to an Ultra Orthodox religious family. ...
19.5 years old soldier in the Israeli Air Force; works as an IT specialist.
18 year old senior in a private high school. She lives in the city of Raanana ...
I'm not sure if I'll be able to attend and hear what the gay Israeli youth have to say, but if I do, there will be a report and some pix posted here afterward.